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University of Central Oklahoma

Education and Certifications

  • B.A. University of Chicago 1981
  • M.A. Columbia University 1986
  • PhD. Cornell University 1999

Classes Taught

  • American National Government (undergrad)
  • Elements of Political Thought (undergrad)
  • Survey of American Political Thought (undergrad/grad)
  • European Politics (undergrad/grad)
  • Contemporary Political Issues (undergrad)
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics (undergrad)
  • International Cooperation (undergrad/grad)
  • American Economic Governance (undergrad/grad)
  • Political Philosophy (grad only)


Economic and monetary policy; financial history.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Recent Publications

“The Safe Hand: Liquidity, Money, and Financial Innovation”, in The Political Economy of Robots: Prospects for Prosperity and Peace in the Automated 21st Century, Ryan Kiggins, ed. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 157-182.

(With Keith Rollin Eakins), “The Struggle over Gun Control at the National Level” in Glenn H. Utter, (ed.) Guns and Contemporary Society Vol I (Praeger 2016): 33-66.

"Oklahoma’s Changing Economic Profile", in Brett Sharp, Chris Markwood and Jan Hardt, (eds.) Oklahoma Government and Politics, 6nd edition (Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt 2014): 51-70

 "The Oklahoma Tax System”, in Brett Sharp, Chris Markwood and Jan Hardt, (eds.) Oklahoma Government and Politics, 6th edition (Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 2014): 271-288.

"The Clearinghouse Certificate as a Cash Substitute" Panic Scrip of 1893, 1907 and 1914: An Illustrated Catalog of Emergency Monetary Issues, Shafer, Sheehan and Reed, eds. (McFarland 2013), 385-397.

“Tax Anticipation Scrip as a Form of Local Currency in the USA during the 1930s” International Journal of Community Currency Research 16 D (2012), 20-33.

“Oklahoma Bank Behavior and the Panic of 1907” Essays in Business and Economic History XXVIII (2010), 5-25.

Recent Conference Papers

“The Guaranty of Bank Deposits: The Oklahoma Experience, 1908-1923.” Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Economic and Business History Society Conference, May 25-27, 2017, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

“The Premium Controversy in Early 20th Century American Marketing.” Paper presented at the 41st Annual Economic and Business History Society Conference, May 26-28 2016, Montreal, Quebec.

“Imagined Anthropologies of Money: David A. Wells, S.F. Norton, and the Meanings of Money in 19th Century America” Presented at the Policy History Conference, Columbus, OH, June 2014.

“Ralph Borsodi and the Exeter ‘Constant’” Presented at the Economic and Business History Society Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2012.

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